Ocala, 1979Growing up in St. Louis, Danielle was an active junior rider. She began riding at five years old and at age seven, won Reserve Champion Pony Hunter in Missouri. At age ten, Danielle was Reserve Champion Small Pony at the Pony Finals, winning the over fences phase. Danielle qualified for and competed at Devon, Harrisburg, Washington and the National Horse Show in New York. She first qualified for the ASPCA Maclay finals at age eleven. In addition to competing in the AHSA Medal Finals and the ASPCA Maclay finals numerous times, Danielle won the MHSA Medal Finals at age sixteen. She also won many championships at horse shows such as the Washington International, Pony Finals, Winter Equestrian Festival and HITS.

Danielle graduated in 1992 with a BS in Business Administration and Equine Administration from the University of Louisville. As a professional, she has done it all, from sales and client service to training and road management. Most recently, Danielle owned and operated Redwood Farm, an A show barn in Wilmington, NC. Prior to that, she had a barn by the same name in California where she trained champions and winners at Indio, Thermal, Pebble Beach, The Oaks and Menlo.

Danielle credits her success as a rider and teacher to the many fine professionals with whom she has been associated. She spent her years as a junior rider training with with Sue Ashe, Otis Brown Jr., Susan Baginski and Diane Young. As a professional, she has worked with Archie Cox, John Roper, Peter Lombardo and Don Stewart.

Her wins and those of her students include 14 USEF National Champions, 20 USEF Zone Champions and the 2003 ASPCA Maclay Finals Champion. Most recently, former student, Lucy Davis, became a member of US Show Jumping team at the World Equestrian Games in 2014 and Stephanie Danhakl is currently ranked as a top Amateur hunter rider.